I'm planning to start a gaming company together with a friend. Developing games and making a living with it is very tempting, as it is probably the case for most of you. But the question is: can you actually (still) make a living this way?
I hear two contrary things when it comes to the mobile gaming business: on the one hand, the growth rate of mobile games sales seems to be on very high level. I read for example about a well-established mobile gaming company that they are expecting to quadruple their sales next year, and they are having already sales about 3 million Euros. Until 2006, the european market is expected to have sales in the range of 7 billion per year. Not bad news for game developers, I'd say :-)
Then, on the other hand, I heard from a owner of a mobile game portal, which is running very well, not so encouraging things. He said: one year before, they were desperately seeking developers for creating Java games for mobile devices. They couldn't get enough content for their site. Today, things have changed dramatically. Since it is pretty easy to develop games and everybody wants to get into it, they are receveing so many games that they mostly pay attention only to the big companies.
The question I'd like to raise is: is the market already dead for small companies and developers? Does anyone of you have made experiences with selling games? Of course, even though it might be hard today to get into the market, I wouldn't give up my intentions, because I want to make games, so this is what I do. But I'd very interested to hear your opinion and/or experiences, if you like to share them.
Many thanks in advance.